Cuba Cuts 100,000 Health Care Jobs

Pregnant woman at a clinic in Havana, Cuba

Cuban authorities have eliminated more than 100,000 jobs in health care, AP reports. The cuts come as President Raul Castro attempts to streamline government as part of an economic reform package.

A weekly Cuban newspaper, Trabajadores, wrote Monday that approximately 109,000 health care positions have been cut. Two years ago, Cuban laid off more than 50,000 people working in that sector. Most of the lay-offs came in less-skilled positions, such as ambulance drivers and hospital support staff. 

Cuba's health care is entirely state-run. Authorities claim is is plagued by inefficienty, redundancies and bloated playrolls. 

Under Castro's reforms, 400,000 islanders are currently working independently of the state.